Following an intensive year-long selection period, Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with Boxing Scotland today confirmed the names of the nine boxers who will represent Team Scotland in the XX Commonwealth Games this summer.
Boxing has had major qualification events across the world, with the recent Boxing Scotland Senior Championships in Glasgow confirming final spots on the team for the Games.
Of the nine Boxers selected, only three athletes have represented Scotland at a previous Commonwealth Games, with a further two athletes making the step up from the Commonwealth Youth Games. Josh Taylor is the only Commonwealth Games medallists in the group, but with many more boxers capable of emulating his achievement this summer.
Scottish boxers have been consistently successful at the Commonwealth Games, taking home a medal from every competition since its inception as the British Empire Games in 1930. Delhi silver medallist Josh Taylor is looking to build on his experience at the London 2012 Olympics, and is joined in the team by fellow Delhi fighters Joe Ham and Ross Henderson.
Charlie Flynn and Kieran Smith are making the step up from the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Isle of Man, while Aqeel Ahmed, Reece McFadden, Scott Forrest and Stephen Lavelle make their Team Scotland debuts. The tenth and final place in the boxing team in the 69kg weight category is still to be decided and will be announced in due course.
Boxing Scotland Chairman Richard Thomas said: “For Glasgow 2014, the nomination of our boxers in a number of weights has come down to the wire. We have witnessed determination and courage from all the boxers in the world’s toughest tournaments throughout the selection period. Now the nominations have been confirmed, our focus now turns to ensuring that our boxers deliver to very best of their ability in 92 days-time when the Games begin.”
NAME EVENTS BORN/LIVES
Aqeel Ahmed 49kg Dundee/Motherwell
Reece McFadden 52kg Bellshill/Motherwell
Joe Ham 56kg Glasgow/Glasgow
Charlie Flynn 60kg Lanark/Motherwell
Josh Taylor 64kg Edinburgh/Prestonpans
Kieran Smith 75kg Livingston/Greenrigg
Scott Forrest 81kg Johannesburg/Forth
Stephen Lavelle 91kg Glasgow/Glasgow
Ross Henderson 91+kg Leeds/Motherwell
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